Photo: Natasha Stagg

Photo: Natasha Stagg

Even in a summer of change, some things remain the same. NATASHA STAGG’s column is back. This week, for the first installment, she observes that certain constants – like FOMO and self-delusion – are here to stay.

   All photos: Juan Saez

Simone Fattal, The 99 Names (detail), 2020; all photos: Juan Saez

Colin Lang went to a concert, outside, featuring three artists playing music next to the work of another artist, Simone Fattal. Angels, sirens, and guitars, all inside of a bombed-out cloister.

 Marlie Mul,  You Look So Tired , 2021

Marlie Mul, You Look So Tired, 2021.

Liquid silk, pearl jam, primordial soup ... whatever your euphemism of choice, it's undeniable that we all come from it – so might as well make light of it, like Marlie Mul.

 Ja'Tovia Gary, The Giverny Suite  (2019). 

Ja'Tovia Gary, The Giverny Suite (2019). 

Are photos political, or simply passive containers for the ideologies that produced them? Colin Lang ponders on a tour of the photography triennial RAY 21, now in its fourth iteration around Frankfurt am Main.

 Left to Right: Marija TeresėRožanskaitė, Flaka Haliti, AnnaDaučíková, Mladen Stilinović.

Left to Right: Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė, Flaka Haliti, Anna Daučíková, Mladen Stilinović.
Photo: Ugnius Gelguda

The neoliberal myth of total free-flow – of bodies, art, and capital – is dead, even as the press trip lives on. After a year spent tethered in place, Ingrid Luquet-Gad visits the 14th Baltic Triennial, searching for the balance between connectivity and context.


Yuki Kobayashi. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ditching the strictures of sports in favour of going pro in performance art, Yuki Kobayashi adopts athletics as a lens to reveal our reductive assumptions about sexuality and gender.

 CBA Collections Item “Terrorism” by Edna Lazaron (1985). Mixed media sculptural work. Number 4 in an edition of 6. Signed and dated by the artist.

CBA Collections Item “Terrorism” by Edna Lazaron (1985). Mixed media sculptural work. Number 4 in an edition of 6. Signed and dated by the artist.

For this installment of Shoptalk, Spike sat down with Corina Reynolds, the Executive Director of Center for Book Arts, who aims to make hands-on experiences with book arts accessible to us all. 

 Friederike Mayröcker in her apartment, September 2019

Friederike Mayröcker in her apartment, September 2019

Photo: Edith Schreiber

The Austrian writer Friederike Mayröcker, born in 1924, and sadly passed away today (4 June), has written dozens of highly acclaimed books of poetry and prose. Her works are occasionally accompanied by her own drawings, sketches of floating figures with handwritten captions. The following excerpts are from a series of conversations between Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Sarah Ortmeyer, and Friederike Mayröcker, who drew as they talked about her writing routine and the price of a life dedicated to literature.

 Minsk Protets, 2020

Minsk Protests, 2020

A postcard from Minsk by artist and publisher of pARTisan magazine Artur Klinau

Jana Euler, international dance 1000 pieces, 2021

Jana Euler’s new edition for Spike